Yaw Yan

Yaw Yan (Filipino Kickboxing), (Dance of Death) is the proper name for Yaw-Yan, a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez. The art resembles Muay Thai in a sense, but differs in the hip torquing motion as well as downward-cutting of its kicks.

The acknowledged originator of Yaw-Yan is Grandmaster Napoleon A. Fernandez, a native of Quezon province, himself an undefeated All-Asian and Far-East Kickboxing champion. The word Yaw-Yan was derived from the two last syllables of “Sayaw ng Kamatayan” meaning “Dance of Death”.

Since its inception it has dominated the kickboxing scene in the Philippines and has proven very effective against other Stand-up fighting arts such as karate, taekwondo and Muay thai in professional bouts in the Philippines.

With the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts in the Philippines and the world it had upgraded its fighting style that includes striking, takedowns, grappling ,arnis and knife fighting with the new and complete Yaw-Yan Ardigma.

Also note that this is not an internationally recognized “martial” arts and cannot be compared with institutions like Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and the Brazilian Capoeira from which their techniques was derived.

Yaw-Yan is not purely a full-contact no-holds barred sport martial arts. It is a complete martial training with body-mind coordination and test of enduring indomitable spirit. More than just physical training, it also involves the mental disciplines of focus, concentration, alertness, flexibility, stamina, speed and continuity. Students train for real confrontation and actual fights — on or off the ring.

Advanced Disciples have to go through a rigorous ritual of practice and discipline consisting of actual full-contact sparring, bag hitting, and flexibility exercises. The Elbows (siko), knees (tuhod), and shin (lulod) are utilized in much the same way as in Muay Thai.

Yaw-Yan practitioners have to learn 40 basic kicks, advanced disciples have to be able to execute and apply complexed advanced kicks requiring great dexterity, flexibility, and mastery. Most of these advanced kicks are trick kicks could catch unsuspecting opponents by surprise. Yaw-Yan Back-kick, reversed Yaw-Yan roundhouse stomp thrust and the famous scorpion kicks were some of these kicks popularized in national motion picture by action stars Boy Fernandez and Rey Malonzo, both Yaw-Yan experts.

Yaw-Yan practitioners are also train with Philippine bladed weaponries as balisong and bolo. Bladed weapons are treated as extensions of the hands. The forearm strikes, elbows, punches, dominating palms, and hand movements are empty-hand translations of the bladed weapons. There are 12 bolo punches which were patterned from Arnis, the philippines’ very own armed art. These punches have continuous fluid striking motion quite similar to western boxing but incorporating the art of Arnis.

Grappling, ground-fighting, and knife-fighting had always been a part of the philippines’ martial art and are always incorporated during the Yaw-Yan practice period. Yaw-Yan is a transformation of ancient Filipino Martial Arts and a Modern Competition Sport with high emphasis on practicality and actual confrontation.

“Mountain-Storm Kick” The mountain-storm kick had been debatable as who originated it, where and when, similar to Thai roundhouse kick except that the kicking leg was drawn up and swung-through in full force swiftly with a continuous downward cutting motion of the shin as the hips torque in instead of burst through.